noun, often capitalized
sa·​bra | \ ˈsä-brə How to pronounce sabra (audio) \

Definition of sabra

: a native-born Israeli

Examples of sabra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Israelis often identify themselves with the sabra, the cactus fruit that has a prickly exterior and a soft interior and pride themselves on their frankness and shameless audacity. Ruth Eglash, The Seattle Times, "Monica Lewinsky walks off the stage at a Jerusalem conference when asked about Bill Clinton," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sabra

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sabra

Modern Hebrew ṣabhār, literally, prickly pear

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“Sabra.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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